Many Are Cold, but Few Are Frozen

David Lawrence's personal blog

Heroes Never Die

Maidan today was very intense. I went there with my wife to lay flowers for the dead. There were tens of thousands there. I'm too tired to write much. A few quick points worth sharing.

First, while I was there, they brought out the bodies of four victims of the government's attack. A choir sung heartbreaking music. The widow of one stroked her dead husband's face and wept. Even I cried.

Second, Yulia Tymoshenko was freed from prison after three years and appeared on stage in a wheelchair. I have never been a fan of Yulia, but she did not deserve prison. She has visibly aged. But she outshines the three main opposition leaders combined. My daughter announced today, "The next President of Ukraine will be a girl." I think she may be right. 

Third, a boy of 13, my son's age, spoke on stage. His father is one of the victims. I didn't understand him, since my Ukrainian isn't very good. But the crowd cheered him. At the end, he said, with a raspy voice, "Glory to Ukraine," and every person shouted back, "And glory to her heroes!" The boy has lost his father, but he saw an entire nation declare his father a hero. I have no doubt he will grow into a magnificent Ukrainian leader.

Fourth, there is no doubt in my mind that this three-month experience, this torture, has changed Ukraine forever. Ukraine has rid itself of a murderous, kleptocratic dictator with little help from the outside world. Ukrainians have paid for their freedom. Now it is time to live it. The world can at least help with that. Respect!

Finally, revolution is very good for marriages. My wife and I are on the same page, on the same side. It was good to be there with her.

Much is left to do. But it will be done. I have no doubt.